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                 *WARM UP OVER LUNCH * Winter in the Highlands is not complete without a relaxed
lunch in front of an open fire. Whether you are after French
inspired fare, family friendly food, a la carte or fine dining,
or a relaxed and understated setting, we’ve got it all here. Probably best to book before you arrive, though, because it gets busy. Here are some of our winter picks with fires blazing.
Favourite lunch choices
+ Briars Historic Inn, Moss Vale: lunch seven days from 12pm
+ Bendooley Estate, Berrima: lunch seven days, 11.30am-2.30pm + Surveyor General, Berrima: lunch Sunday - Friday, 12-2.30pm
+ Southern Highlands Brewing & Taphouse, Moss Vale: lunch Thursday - Sunday from 12pm
+ Burrawang General Store Cafe, Burrawang: breakfast and lunch 7 days, 8am-4pm
+ Bistro Officina, Bowral: lunch Friday - Sunday from 12pm, brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10am
+ Robertson Inn: lunch seven days from 12pm
+ Harry’s on Green Lane, Bowral: lunch seven days from 12pm +Biota,Bowral:Thursday-Mondayfrom12pm
Harpers Mansion
Many visitors and locals love the Southern Highlands climate for the resemblance it is said to bear to Old Blighty (England), which was probably of great comfort to early Europeans. A welcome hangover from those days of looking northwards to Queen and Empire is the well established delightful High Tea habit in the Highlands. Be tempted by pinwheel sandwiches, scones, sweet cakes and treats, pots of tea or even a glass of a nice Highlands sparkling wine on the side. A great reason to come in from the cold, try these beauties or check out for more venues.
Best tea and treats stops
+ Your Vintage Occasion Tea Salon at Dirty Janes, Bowral + Milton Park, Bowral
+ Gumnut Patisserie, Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong
+ Katers at Peppers Manor House, Sutton Forest
+ Stones Patisserie, Berrima and Bowral
+ Raw & Wild, Bowral
+ Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, Bowral + Old Bank Hotel, Mittagong
  Bendooley Estate
Settlers arrived in the Southern Highlands in the 1830s, making it a destination rich in history and heritage. Life was hard and many Highlanders, particularly children, died prematurely
and are buried in the many historic church graveyards and cemeteries. If you are interested in history or are researching your family tree, make sure to call into the Berrima District Historical & Family History Society in Market Place, Berrima. Archivists from the society recently documented every
person buried in the Highlands from the 1830s, and a register of these records is kept in the society’s museum in Berrima and is available for public viewing. If historic buildings and architecture are your thing, visit the Destination Southern Highlands website ( and download their terrific Heritage Trail for the history of every village
and town plus walking trails, site details and locations. This comprehensive resource was put together with the help of the Berrima District Historical & Family History Society to help you to really get to know the Highlands, its significant buildings, monuments,conservationareasandmemorials. E

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